Healing

Reflecting on the process of healing...

POETRY FOR INCLUSION

I can smell your
alluring aroma
A balm of peace
rubbed on
wearied skin
yearning for
Exfoliation

Pause

A remedy infused
With unrelenting
Forgiveness suffocates
The once solemn taste buds

And

Revitalization sprints
like a cheetah on
The hunt for reconciliation
Pining for peace with its
Foe

Time elapses
And trauma
deliquesces
With bated breath

Respire

This is
More than a
Moment in time

This is
A metamorphosis
of the self

This is
Healing

Dr Clark is an outpatient psychiatrist at Prisma Health-Upstate and clinical associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. He served on the American Psychiatric Association’s Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry, and he currently serves as the Diversity and Inclusion section editor and advisory board member for Psychiatric TimesTM.